November 26, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving (a day late)

We're kind of laying low today. Lots of work for the big day and lots of eating has left us with no desire for anything else. How did your day go? Here's a brief run down of our day.
Every year RL makes the dressing. One of us mans the toaster while one of us chops up everything else that goes into it. For years RL has stacked the toast like a house of cards so the toast would stay dried out. This year R had to step it up! She made "Toast Towers"! The toast was cut to lock into the other pieces and then a flag was made to finish it. 'If a job is worth doing - it is worth doing all the way' is her motto!

Here are the chocolate chip pies I made. These are my favorite. Notice the lovely crusts that our toast tower builder made. No store bought crusts for that girl!

This was her lovely creation for Mom. Mom has always loved mincemeat pie, so R made the mincemeat from scratch and then made a beautiful pie crust to go on top. I think she said it was a shaker weave pattern. Once again - all the way and over the top!

RLs favorite - pumpkin pie, with the necessary 'testing spot' in the center! L had decided no sweets for him so he passed on the pies this year. What will power! Wonder if he could loan some to me for Christmas!?!

Here's the pie crust for the chocolate chip pie before the chocolate chip goodness got into it.

It's not ALL about pies around here. Here is a deer track RL and R found on their walk the other day. We have a new park in town with a walking trail and they said they found all kinds of deer tracks! I wonder if the town council would frown on a tree stand in the park........

Fire Cloud! Isn't it beautiful? Every once in a while we are lucky enough to see one. This was at the walking park too.

And here's the view from the walking track. Give me that over a treadmill any day!
Shoot! After the Thanksgiving we had I should be there right now.

November 22, 2010

Fall Football

About once a year we get free tickets to attend a Wake Forest football game. Last year we went to our first ever college football game and loved it. This year tickets were available and RL jumped on it.
Guess who we played? What? The orange and purple aren't a dead give away?

Here, maybe that big orange flag will help a little.
Going to a game you don't expect to win is kind of a mixed bag. It can be a wee bit slow if it's not a massacre - which can be better than a massacre.
When it gets a little slow the photographer will sometimes find other things to photograph. Like maybe her socks. Believe me, it was a great day for hand knit wool socks!

See, we sat in the nose bleed section. The tickets said section MMM. We passed M. We passed MM. Somewhere around that section we thought they had accidentally typed one too many Ms on the ticket. No way could they have a MMM section. They DO have an MMM section. It's about twenty feet under flying aircraft.

Oh no - photographer must have been bored again! The full moon over Winston-Salem was very pretty.

Shoot - thought you would be able to see the final score. Clemson won 30 -10. I wouldn't call that a massacre, would you?

We did score a touchdown! YES! So many people were leaving the game by this point. It was thrilling to see the team score! When they score this guy stands in the end zone and waves this HUGE flag.

These guys run up and down the field. Last year when we beat Elon, they got a real workout. Needless to say, they didn't this year.
All in all it was a great day for football!

November 11, 2010

Fall Is In The Air!!!!

This has been one funky fall. One thing I've learned since moving to North Carolina, is that the weather is just as unpredicatable as living in Florida. With Florida chances are it's going to be warm. But it can surprise you! This fall is one of the weirder ones since we've lived up here. Sometimes it's like someone turned on a switch and all the leaves changed at once. Other times, it's like not all the trees got the memo! This is one of those years. Most of the trees are in the process of changing now, so we're getting a little closer to what I would consider a 'normal' fall.

Here's the latest finished knitting project! Last year for Halloween, my Ravelry buddy, Aredhel, sent this yarn to me. I wasn't sure what to do with it. I knew it would be socks - that's always a given! But I didn't know if I wanted a pattern, plain, black heels and toes, regular heel or patterned. I just over thought it. So....I put the yarn away and pulled it out this year as soon as fall was in the air and decided to knit plain socks, eye of partridge heel and let the yarn speak for itself. I'm really glad I did. When I took the socks outside for their photo shoot, I noticed how they really were showing fall colors. Thanks Aredhel! I am anxious to wear them.
This is my view from the computer desk right now. The yellow just brightens up the sky. I love the contrast of the blue and yellow.

Yesterday R was walking around snapping pictures of our backyard, so I thought I would share some of them.

Soon it will be raking time. Better enjoy them while they're still on the trees!